How to play Stoneshard on Mac

Screenshot of Stoneshard

Stoneshard is a popular rpg game developed by Ink Stains Games. It was originally released for Windows and Linux on 6 Feb, 2020.

You still can't play Stoneshard on Mac because a native Mac version was never released, but you can play Stoneshard on Windows running inside Mac. Here's how.

What is Stoneshard?

Here's a quick description:

Stoneshard is a challenging turn-based RPG set in an open world. Experience the unforgiving life of a medieval mercenary: travel across the war-torn kingdom, fulfill contracts, fight, mend your wounds and develop your character without any restrictions.

How to play Stoneshard using Parallels

Even if you don't have a PC, you can install Windows on your Mac using Parallels. Parallels is virtualization software with full support of DirectX and GPUs, which will give you a decent graphics performance. With a couple of clicks, you can install Windows 10 on Mac and ten switch between MacOS and Windows instantly. You can run Windows just like on a regular PC, install Steam and enjoy Stoneshard game on Mac.

Even though the virtualization is relatively easy to set up, it requires you to buy both Parallels and Windows licenses. Since you'll be running two operating systems side by side, you'll need to dedicate at least 20-30GB of disk space for this setup and also a strong machine to run both operating systems at the same time.

If you have an older Mac or have a Mac with an M1 chip which doesn't fully support virtualization yet, you might want to try a virtual computer running in the cloud such as Second Computer.

How to play Stoneshard using Second Computer

Alternatively, you can create a virtual computer in the cloud using Second Computer. Instead of license fee for Windows and Parallels, you pay by the hour (so it's much cheaper if you are using it infrequently) and you control the computer via a web browser. That means even if you have an older computer, you can run the latest games in the cloud without maxing out your processor or memory.

One added benfit is that since the computer is located in the cloud, you can access it from any device you own. So in theory you can play Stoneshard not just from your Mac, but also from your iPhone and Android device (it's not going to be a very nice experience though on such a small screen size).

Either way, Second Computer provides a nice alternative for running non-native Mac apps on your Mac by connecting to a computer in the cloud.

Happy gaming!


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Jan 20, 2021

A very well put together and challenging game with innovative and immersive mechanics I thoroughly enjoy...... But one which I find impossible to recommend based on a truly terrible save system. I don't mind losing progress upon death or loss and find it a strong motivator and draw to the game but when I have no option to exit the game to deal with life without losing all my progress for no reason other then life calls and I do not have the luxury of playing another 40 minutes to wander my way back to a bed and finally save.So much potential but I cannot get over this terrible save system. It feels like something that sounded great on the drawing board and may appeal to a handful of players but in practice its a frustrating gimic that does not add the the fun or challenge of the game and screams of terrible game design in an otherwise terrifically put together game.


Aug 4, 2020

I have played a RPG turn based games all the way back to Ultima series in the 80's. This game is not for the light hearted. This is a merciless game that will kick you in the *ss and laugh at you all the way. This is a game where you have to prepare, think, strategic thinking and no mercy. I loved it for the very fact that it separates casual players from die hard veterans. I just want the expansion to come along!! Need more content and bigger challenges! I rate this game a 9 out of 10. It is the first game in a long time that has demanded perseverance. Well done!


July 13, 2020

Very promising but needs a hell lot of balancing.My biggest complaints;- Purchase/Sell prices at merchants desperately need to be balanced. Maybe implement varying prices for the quality of the item we want to buy/sell if you think money should be tight. So that at least quality items will yield a decent price instead of being sold for 10 gold while the merchant would ask 300 from us. And 20 gold for an apple or piece of bread are a little bit ridiculous don't you think?- There needs to be the option to save the game on exit! I know you want the game to be unforgiving, hardcore and punishing, but real life comes first and one should really be able to quickly save the game and leave if necessary instead of spending another thirty minutes just to try and find a place to save.- Why does the land turn black every time I re-enter the game? Do the trees in the forest stand up and walk around while I'm gone? And the buildings in the village mingle and shuffle like saturday night with too much booze? Or maybe my character is just dumb as bread and forgets everything he's done and seen yesterday?I really think that areas which have been explored should stay revealed. Having everything black over and over again was the reason I stopped playing after a short while today, even though I planned to spend the night with Stoneshard. It feels like I'm wasting time every session just to unveil the map again instead of heading straight into playing.Other than that I'm quite happy with how this game looks like so far.If they balance it more, so that investing time into exploring and farming etc really becomes worth it and pays off in the end I think I'd be really happy. It's really all about the balance between efforts made and rewards gotten. As for the recommendation. If you really like these kinds of games, go jump right in. Otherwise maybe wait a little, check the updates and changes and watch where the game goes before buying.